The Power Is Out and Will Be Out Following Hurricane Laura

The reality is sinking in.

People are not used to not having electrical power outages for a long period of time. There are bigger pieces of the transmission system that are totally destroyed. This is not the "tree over a power line" situation that just requires a bucket truck and crew to repair. Here's the situation:

Vast Grid Damage Will Mean Some Laura Victims Sweat in the Dark for Weeks.

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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